What Is Distance Education?
Distance education describes any learning that happens without the students being physically present in the lesson.
Historically, this described correspondence courses, in which students would communicate with their schools or teachers by mail.
More recently, distance education has moved online to include a huge range of systems and methods on practically any connected device.
Advantages of Distance Education
Certainly, live instruction is great. The face-to-face contact lets teachers and students connect in a very authentic way, which often results in strong rapport and understanding. While not impossible, this kind of connection still seems much easier in person.
As it turns out, there are a number of advantages when learning remotely. Here are just a few.
The top benefit of distance education is its flexibility. Students can choose when, where, and how they learn by selecting the time, place, and medium for their education. For those who want direct, live access to teachers there are video conferencing options. But for students who may be doing their training around a job or other responsibilities, a more relaxed schedule may work better. There are options to match virtually anyone’s needs.
Whether due to remote location or being differently-abled, some students lack basic access to educational facilities. Remote learning programs offer every student the opportunity to learn and improve themselves in the environment they find the most effective.
Thanks to the scalable nature of digital learning especially, distance learning is driving down the cost of education. Online degrees are becoming almost commonplace, and there are even accredited online-only universities that can eliminate expensive infrastructure overhead and get straight to the teaching.